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Kerry Washington Covers Instyle Mgazine

by Tasharna Brown-Taylor Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Scandal actress Kerry Washington covers InStyle magazine’s September issue and she looks amazing!

In the magazine, the 39-year old  who is pregnant with her second child talks about her pregnancy, parenting tips from Shonda Rhimes, why she took a break from social media, her new projects and many more.

Read the highlights from the interview below:

On taking a break from social media:

“I started to feel overwhelmed, like there was too much noise. I felt like I had to get back to who Kerry really is…That thing that happens in social media where you’re comparing your day or your life or your food or your mood or your kids to somebody else’s. I felt like I needed to create a little more stillness around me.”

On her second pregnancy:

“There’s something about pregnancy that willingness to take up more space in the world—that is liberating.”

On getting parenting notes from Shonda Rhimes:

“I consider myself busy but Shonda has about four of five shows, three kids… She says, ‘If you feel like you have just the right amount of help, then you don’t have enough.’ My therapist said this too. You need a lot of support. Not just logistically but emotionally and spiritually.”

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On not wanting to live in a colour blind world:

“I don’t want to not be African. The goal is to live in a world where my race doesn’t limit my access, where I can see myself represented in the highest level of society without any limitation.”

On social change:

“I choose to feel optimistic, because I don’t think I could get out of bed if I didn’t. The key will be when we stop allowing our otherness to separate us. Whether it’s immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, civil rights, or LGBT rights, we’re all under attack, because none of us belongs to that small group who have held power for a very long time.”

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On her achievements and getting ready for her second baby:

“You arrive at a certain place of achieving and suddenly you feel like your goals are being dictated by other people. Right now, as I get ready for this second baby, it’s really about me being in touch with what I want. I didn’t get here because I was trying to be what somebody else wanted me to be… So for now, I’m leaving myself open to the adventure.”

On feminism:

“I feel like there is a misconception of this catty, competitiveness between women. That has not been my experience, particularly in Shondaland. My mother is one of seven kids…so I have a lot of strong women in my family, and I have supportive, beautiful relationships with all of them.” She’s also a grad of N.Y.C’s prestigious all-girls Spence School, so she’s “always believed in the collective power of women.” “Being the one woman in the room should not be seen as a victory,” she says. “If there’s only one of us in the room, we’re still a token; we don’t actually have an empowered voice. If there’s two of us, we’re still a minority. If there’s three… then we’re allowed to have a multiplicity of opinions.”

Photo credit: Thomas Whitside/ InStyle 

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